Reader Profile: Mr AtoZ

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Two Free Flights on Southwest Airlines (Over $800 Value)

As you know, I prefer cash back credit cards. I keep a list of what I consider to be the best cash back credit cards for readers to check out at their convenience. I have also detailed what exact cards I use and how I use them.However, I also know that different people have different spending patterns, goals, preferences, etc. […]

Why I Love My Amex Delta Platinum Card

I’ve sung the praises of my Amex Delta Platinum Card in the past, but today I woke up to an e-mail that made me fall in love with it all over again. As I noted in my post about credit card rental car insurance, I’ll be traveling later this week. Well, guess what? That’s right… I just got upgraded to first class for a cross-country flight. Woohoo! […]

Kids & Money: Frugal Halloween Costumes

I have a confession to make. I buy my son’s Halloween costume each year (one of those costs of raising children that I choose to pay). In fact, we just found a $20 costume for him on eBay. However, I know it’s possible to create your own costumes on the cheap. In fact, my mom still has the costume box that contains all sorts of elements that can be used for creating great Halloween costumes. […]

The Best Financial Advice I’ve Ever Received

People frequently ask me to share the best piece of financial advice I’ve ever received. Most recently, this was a common theme at the Financial Blogger Conference in Chicago. One company in attendance,, filmed and edited a video of various personal finance bloggers sharing their best piece of financial advice. […]

Investing Made Easy With Betterment – Plus a $25 Bonus

Do you know what prevents most people from getting started with investing? The fear of choosing the wrong investment. This fear delays the decision to get started for weeks, months, and often even years. […]

Three Paths to $1 Million

MSN Money lists three paths to $1 million as follows: Consider these three ways to retire with $1 million:1. You invest $2,700 per year for 60 years, assuming an annual return of 5%.2. You invest $14,500 per year for 30 years, assuming an annual return of 5%.3. […]

Pet Insurance Pros and Cons

There’s no doubt that our furry friends can be costly. Even if your pet has no initial health problems, with age, Fido will undoubtedly run into medical issues at some point. When the end is near, long-time pet owners know just how costly pet healthcare can be. If you have a pet, chances are you’ve debated whether or not to buy pet insurance. […]

Some Thoughts on Magazine Subscriptions

Kelly writes in: Do you subscribe to any magazines? Why? Do you find enough value in them to be worth the cost? This was originally a question in Thursday’s reader mailbag, but the answer became long enough that I felt it deserved a post of its own. Sarah and I get several different magazines in the mail. […]

What I Learned as a Financial Planner

The following is a guest post from Neal Frankle, a Certified Financial Planner in Los Angeles who owns the financial blog Wealth Pilgrim. […]

Improve Productivity by Avoiding Time Wasters

Regardless of your occupation, there is probably an incentive that comes with working longer or harder. Higher commission, quarterly bonuses, or the promise of a promotion are some of the ways that companies motivate their employees to be a better value to the business. Those who are self –employed know that working hard isn’t an option but instead a requirement. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Use Online Banking?

Technology makes it possible to do almost everything online. From ordering groceries to buying books to paying your bills, you can rely on the Internet for almost anything. While most people have switched over to online banking, there are still people out there who opt to continue getting bank statements in the mail. Do you use online banking? […]

25 Ways to Make Money Today

Looking for a little extra cash until payday comes around? Want to make some money to save up for a shiny new thing, a vacation, or maybe just something to put away for a rainy day? Well, I did a quick survey of my friends, family, and some Wise Bread regulars and compiled this list of 25 ways to quickly make money. […]

You Are What You Do: 16 Ways to Improve Your Body Language

What you say is only the tip of the iceberg of communication. The rest lies in your body language: how you hold yourself, your mannerisms, conduct, and even how you breathe. With a little conscious effort to improve your body language, you stand a better chance of scoring that job, that date, or simply being seen as the engaging and genuine person that you are. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money on a Car

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on saving money on a car, making money in your free time, and how to get lower prices on everything. Top 5 Articles 6 Tips for Saving Money On a Car — Save money when you buy a car by paying cash. […]

What NOT to Hand Out on Halloween

I am that neighbor who turns off her lights and closes the curtains, hoping the kids won't hear the movie I'm watching blaring inside. It's not that I'm a stingy person, or that I'm some crank who hates holidays focused on kids. […]

Reasons for Not Accepting a Counter Offer

US News gives the following reasons why you should think carefully before accepting a counter-offer as follows: You could damage your relationships. When you take a counter offer and stay with the company, your loyalty will constantly be questioned. You’re likely not ready for the responsibility. An increase in pay is typically accompanied with additional responsibilities. […]

Play the Fooly-Wed Game!

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. One of the first articles I ever wrote for The Motley Fool was actually co-written with my wife, who also then worked for the Fool. […]

Track your spending with the Expense Tracker Worksheet

Stu is a smart guy. He sent me a super nice email asking for a simple solution to his money tracking dilemma. You see, Stu doesn’t want to link his bank accounts to third-party online budgeting systems or deal with complex budget software programs when it comes to counting cash. Nope. Stu just wants a simple spreadsheet to get his expenses tracked with little fuss and no muss. […]